Thursday, March 25, 2010

Happy Birthday Siena (and her favorite dog biscuit recipe)!!!

Happy Birthday Siena! Our little pooch is celebrating her first birthday, and she spent her day in typical California girl fashion, lounging around the pool and soaking up the sun.
Looking at her now, I can't believe that she is the same tiny pup that we brought home last spring:
To mark this special occasion, I busted out the mixing bowl and baking sheets to make Siena her favorite homemade treats. Lately, she's been turning a deaf ear to us (doggy adolescence?), but when these treats are dangled in front of her we get her full attention.
I really enjoy making these dog biscuits for Siena. With a short and sweet list of all natural ingredients, I know that I'm feeding her a snack that is really wholesome and nutritious. Nutrition aside, Siena LOVES devouring these biscuits.

Siena Bites
adapted from (original recipe is found here)
makes about 16

2 C. barley flour
1/2 C rolled oats
1/2 C shredded cheddar cheese (swiss cheese is good alternative)
1/4 C grated parmesan cheese
1/2 C applesauce
2 Tbsp flaxseed oil

Pre-heat oven to 350F degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat. Set aside.

In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients, and add enough water (2-4 Tbsp) to form a dough. Roll mixture between two sheets of parchment paper to 1/4 inch thick. Remove parchment paper and cut out biscuits with a cutter. Re-roll scraps and continue cutting out biscuits.

Space biscuits 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 30 minutes until nicely browned and firm.

Transfer biscuits on a wire rack to cool.


Helen said...

Awww what a great idea! she is a beautiful dog and looks like she enjoyed them!

The Food Librarian said...

So darn cute. I can't believe how much she grew up in that year!!! - mary

Unknown said...

Happy birthday to Siena! She is the cutest :)

Ingrid_3Bs said...

She's gorgeous! Trite but seems like just the other day you were telling us about her.

TeaLady said...

Love puppies and how they finally grow into their feet. 8-)

Valen said...

What a beautiful dog!!! And a great recipe!

Heather said...

What a gorgeous dog! The color of her coat - no wonder you call her Sienna. She looks as if she is going to enjoy her birthday treat.

steph- whisk/spoon said...

she is so sleek and beautiful! happy birthday sienna!

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